New Venues plus the Return of Pete’s Piano Bar
By Todd Wessell
Journal & Topics Editor
May 10, 2021
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is returning to Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district
after it was forced to shut down last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pete’s will occupy approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of the former Hofbrauhaus Restaurant building in the center of the entertainment district. The remaining 13,000 sq. ft. will be occupied by Crust Pizza, which is owned by the Matuschka family that operated Hofbrauhaus German eatery since the entertainment district opened in 2012.
Another new attraction, a Tiki bar, will also open this summer in front of the Crust Pizza/Pete’s Piano Bar. Mayor Brad Stephens said the bar will serve patrons of the 200,000 sq. ft. entertainment venue who visit to attend concerts, musical and concert performances and dine. The Tiki bar will occupy about 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft.
Rosemont trustees recently approved the development of the Crust Pizza location. At Monday’s village board meeting the Pete’s development was expected to be approved.
Several changes have and are expected to occur at Parkway Bank Park this year. One is the village’s sale of the Hofbrauhaus property to the owners of Crust Pizza and Pete’s. In the building where Pete’s operated for about a year before shutting down, a Verilife cannabis dispensary opened earlier this year.
The changes also include the selling of Crust pizza to customers inside the piano bar. Before its closing last year no food was served at Pete’s.
Mayor Stephens said he is hoping for Pete’s and Crust to open in late summer.
In a related matter, the village is planning to sell the two-story building it owns in the entertainment district where the Sugar Factory and Adobe Gilas restaurant are located. The Sugar Factory operator will make the purchase. The selling price will total around $4.7 million. The footprint of that structure is about 7,000 sq. ft.